M Chemical Co. in Los Angeles has hustled to find an alternative to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach after a labor dispute drastically stretched delivery times.
The Los Angeles company, which makes chemicals for the oil and polymer industries, started suffering a slowdown at the end of 2014 of shipments of chemicals manufactured in Asia, co-owner Mark McDonald said.
Containers that once took two or three weeks to arrive began taking six weeks -- affecting the company's business nationwide, McDonald said.
Shipments brought into the Southland "get railed to Houston or other locations we have," he said. Any slowdown "affects not just the West...